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Football Notes

Sept. 25, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish head coach Bob Davie hopes his troops can regroup for the contest against Stanford in two weeks.

Notre Dame will practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The team will get the weekend off before returning to a regular practice schedule.


After spending two weeks in both polls, Notre Dame dropped out of the top 25 in both the ESPN/USA Today poll as well as the Associated Press poll.

The Irish are ranked 26th in both polls. They missed earning the 25th ranking buy 21 votes in the AP poll.


In the aftermath of Saturday’s game, Davie addressed the progress of Arnaz Battle. Battle injured his wrist on the first play of the Nebraska game. He has spent the past few weeks trying to rehab it after having a pin inserted.

Davie hinted that Battle is moving along faster than many expected. The discussion surprised many of the media. Davie clarified his statement in Sunday press conference.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that,” Davie said. “He’s still out indefinitely. He may be out for the rest of the season, or maybe we can’t expect him back at some point — and I’m not trying to be evasive. I don’t really know. But I know he is making some progress.”

Davie has not ruled out Battle’s return. Although, some speculate they will hold him out in order for him to obtain a fifth-year of eligibility.


The Irish managed to escape another week without any major injuries. However, several players will be sitting out of practice this week to heal some of the previous injuries.

“As far as injuries, there is nothing significant,” Davie said. “We’ve got some players that won’t be able to practice this week. Really, not because of anything that happened in the game. But because of what has happened over the first three or four weeks. We’ve got about five or six guys that really need some time off. “

Brock Williams, Tom Lopienski, Jabari Holloway, Joey Getherall and Rocky Boiman will all take a couple days off to heal up.